It was a day of achievement and satisfaction for 151 Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) cleaners and orderlies on 19 July when they officially graduated to the Level 3 NZQA standard.
Chief executive officer Dr Dale Bramley was on-hand to congratulate the graduates and described the occasion as an important milestone in their employment with Waitemata DHB and in their ability to support enhanced experience for patients, their families and whanau.
“For many of these graduates, it is the first formal qualification they have achieved, so this was a very special occasion for them and their loved ones,” he shared.
“It’s fantastic to see the pride and sense of accomplishment everyone shared. Our cleaners do an amazing job supporting our clinical services and enhancing the quality of patient experience and I’m proud of each of them for what they’ve set out to do and ultimately achieved.”
Achieving the Level 3 NZQA standard involves learning in the workplace, with one credit accumulated for every 10 hours of study.
For cleaners, the level 3 accreditation is awarded to those who have demonstrated competence in 16 topics, including core cleaning skills and in selected areas of specialisation. Accreditation requires 60 credits and usually takes 10 months to achieve.
“It is great to be able to celebrate success of our team and to acknowledge the effort which everyone who has graduated has undertaken,” said operations manager clinical support services Barbara Schwalger.
“This will help us on our service’s journey to brilliance.”